Hundreds Denied Chance to Speak at Texas Capitol Abortion Hearing
Hundreds of people who had signed up to testify at a Texas House Committee hearing on abortion restrictions yesterday didn’t get to speak. Committee Chairman Byron Cook closed testimony after 3 a.m. Friday.
The House Committee on State Affairs was considering legislation that would require abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The committee didn't vote on the bills.
Many people took to social media to express their opinions and frustrations:
— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) June 21, 2013
— Leah Brown (@leahfayeolsen) June 21, 2013
My proudest moment ever as a Texan will be running chairman Rep Byron Cook off the panel for #hb60. Thx to all women who spoke til 4am
— Victorian Prude (@VictorianPrude) June 21, 2013
— Sarah Crawford (@SarahCrawford23) June 21, 2013
The Texas Senate already passed a bill tightening restrictions on abortions. That bill didn’t include the ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Lawmakers have until early next week to pass special session legislation.